Toms on Warner Robins mayoral seat victory

Randy Toms is Warner Robins' new mayor-elect, capturing 66 percent of the vote following Tuesday night's runoff election.

"I'm just so excited that the people of this community heard my message, that they believed in me, and it's just a humbling experience to know that that many people reached out and believed in me," Toms said after his victory.

Toms says he plans to use his first days in office to gather the new council members.

"Right away, what I hope to achieve is getting together with the council, each person in the council, and hearing what their vision is for the city," Toms said.

A new member on that council will be current mayor Chuck Shaheen, who won the Post 1 seat against Mike Daley during the run-off with 59% of the vote.

Toms says working side-by-side with a former mayor is a valuable asset, rather than an obstacle.

"We've been friends for 40 years. We understand each other real well. I think it's going to be a good thing. I think I'm going to be able to ask his advice - and I don't mind asking for advice, I'm not intimidated by that," Toms said.

More than 100 people turned out to support Toms at his results party on Tuesday night.

Leon Martin, a former city employee who worked closely with Toms for 20 years, says he believes Warner Robins is in good hands.

"He's a very trustworthy person, he knows what he's doing, he's good with people, he listens, and if he doesn't have an answer for you, he gets an answer for you," Martin said.

Toms says it's that trust from citizens that means the most.

"Though by definition I'm a politician now, I want [citizens] to understand that first of all, I want to be a person of integrity. I want to be a person they know they can trust. I am thankful for them trusting me, and I never want to betray that trust."

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